Destination Burrator

Devon members assembled in a foggy car park on Dartmoor to enjoy a gentle winter ramble. We set off across the open moor and soon descended below the cloud base to join the trackbed of a former railway providing firm and level terrain all the way to Burrator reservoir. As we approached the lake we entered woodland and soon came alongside the Devonport leat. Soon it was time to stop for a picnic lunch high above the dam with great views across the lake to the Tors beyond.

The dam was built in two stages. Opened in 1898 it was increased in height in 1923, the increased capacity needed to supply the growing needs of Plymouth.

After lunch we joined the road across the dam and headed for the little village of Sheepstor and a visit to the church of St Leonards, before retracing our steps as far as the dam where an ice cream van was doing surprisingly brisk business for a mid winters day. Thanks to our volunteer car drivers who ferried members back to the starting point. We ended the afternoon in the time honoured tradition of the Devon group with refreshments in a good cafe at Yelverton


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